|World AIDS Day is an annual campaign which provides an opportunity to create
awareness about HIV prevention and raise support for persons living with, and affected by HIV. As part of our service delivery strategy and thematic objective to
empower women and young people to make informed reproductive and sexual health choices,
CWHAD commemorated this year’s campaign by integrating HIV Testing with Primary Care services.
This year, with funding from the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of
Nigeria (MWFAAN), CWHAD provided Medical Outreach services to Elimgbu Community
in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, and to Ibipolo Community, Abuja Waterfront in Port
Harcourt LGA (PHALGA), both in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The goal of this year’s activity
was to improve access to HIV Testing and Treatment Services to 400 beneficiaries in 2
communities, using Medical Outreach as a strategy.
|HIV testing and counselling form the gateway to care, treatment and support for
Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV). To ensure that people can exercise their right to
know their HIV status and that PLHIV can benefit from increased access to
antiretroviral (ARV) treatment provided in treatment facilities, HIV Testing Services
(HTS) must be radically scaled up, using innovative, ethical and practical
approaches to delivery1. The World AIDS day remains a vital avenue and
opportunity to campaign and create awareness about HIV prevention and raise
support for persons living with, and affected by HIV. Using Medical Outreach as a
strategy proved very successful in increasing participation of people in HTS.
Similarly, integrating Primary Care and Reproductive Health services with HTS
resulted to our ability to meet over 95% of our project goal. Therefore we can
confidently report that it was a successful project.